There is a hidden problem with how we are consuming information. We are all very aware of how unhealthy fast food is. It is a known fact that the readily available food that we can grab "on the go" isn't necessarily that good at "keeping us going." What you, perhaps, don't realise is that you … Continue reading Beware the Dangers of Using Fast Media
We have, perhaps, all had the uncomfortable conversation with our boss; The one that followed something that didn't go according to plan, the responsibility of which fell squarely on your shoulders. After the conversation, back at your desk, how do you feel? Did you return, raring to go and put in your best efforts? Or, … Continue reading How to Get the Best Out of Your People
Answer this question - How do you get to a place you want to go to? Most likely, your answer goes something like: Find out where it is, find the most appropriate route, then follow that route until you get there. My point for this short article revolves around the last part of the process; … Continue reading A Will of Steel – The Fundamental of Success.
The latest episode of Doctor Who, "The Woman Who Lived", asked some interesting questions about immortality. Many of us say that we would like to live forever, but would we really? What would it mean to truly have an eternal life? For a start, I think that life would lose its meaning. If we had … Continue reading Doctor Who – Facing Eternity
In this modern age of apparent western enlightenment, there seems to be a strong urge for atheists to be very vocal about their worldview. They tend to imply that all belief based on superstition is ridiculous, and should be stamped out for good. But is superstitious belief necessarily that bad? Recently I heard the sad … Continue reading To Each Their Own
I love Star Wars, and it is this saga of films that first got me interested in storytelling. I even use it when I am giving lectures on story development, as it is one of the clearest examples of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, a story formula that shows what unites the features of stories from … Continue reading Star Wars – Those Pesky Rebels
Yesterday, my fiancée brought home a book from the school library, where she works. The book was entitled "The Young Atheists Handbook: Lessons For Living A Good Life Without God" by Alom Shaha, which is being distributed throughout secondary schools in England as an attempt by the British Humanist Association to balance out the whole … Continue reading Atheism = World Peace?
All media formats endeavour to make the person experiencing a story forget that they are sat at home; to allow them to lose themselves in the story world. One of the best series of games I have played that mostly achieves this is the Assassin's Creed franchise. The thought process behind it is simple and … Continue reading The Creed of Great Game Design
I'm a firm believer in stories being able to make us question life and our perceptions, and last night's episode of Doctor Who, "The Girl Who Died," didn't disappoint. A small piece of dialogue struck me as particularly interesting and it went something like this: "When you view life through technology, it becomes very easy … Continue reading How Fake Is Your Reality?!
A well written game narrative can really help us explore what it is to be a human being. I believe one of the best series of games for doing this sort of thing is the Fable franchise. One of the clearest memeories of playing these games was how I got on with the dog character, who was … Continue reading I Loved That Dog – Game Narrative and Human Experience